Gratin of Black Bean, Corn and Crusty Cheese

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 26m
Ready In

Recipe: #39542

September 18, 2022

"This oozing casserole of indigenous American starches simultaneously tastes historic and contemporary. Above all, it tastes delicious especially alongside a grilled steak. The overnight soaking beans time is not included in the overall prep time."

Original is 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (250.1 g)
  • Calories 518.8
  • Total Fat - 27.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 16.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 77.7 mg
  • Sodium - 687.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 43.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.1 g
  • Sugars - 5.7 g
  • Protein - 26.8 g
  • Calcium - 567.3 mg
  • Iron - 2.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 15.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

The night before making the casserole, pick over the beans, discarding any stones. Rinse the beans briefly, then cover with water and let sit overnight.

Step 2

The next day, place the beans in a 4-quart pot along with their soaking liquid. Add the whole onion, the garlic, and the bay leaves. Add fresh water to cover the beans by inches. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cover and cook until the beans are tender but not mushy, about 1 1/2 hours. Check during cooking, and add hot water when necessary. When the beans are almost done, add salt. Drain the beans, discarding the water. Discard the onion, garlic, and bay leaves; reserve the beans.

Step 3

Meanwhile, while the beans are cooking, blanch the corn kernels in a large pot of boiling salted water for 1 minute. Drain the corn, cool, and refrigerate.

Step 4

Heat oven to 375-degrees F.

Step 5

Melt the butter in a 4-quart pot over medium-low heat. Add the diced onion and green pepper. Cook until soft, but not brown, about 20 minutes.

Step 6

Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the hot milk all at once,stirring vigorously with a whisk. Increase the heat to medium, and cook,, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 6 minutes. Add salt and pepper.

Step 7

Reserve 1 1/2 cups grated cheese; stir the remaining cheese into the milk mixture. When the cheese has melted, fold in the corn and the beans.

Step 8

Great a 3-quart casserole with butter or film with nonstick spray. Place the bean-and-corn mixture in the casserole. Sprinkle with reserved cheese over the top. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 10 - 15 minutes. Just before serving, pass under a hot broiler to lightly brown the cheese.


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